The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their revamped defense by signing Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell on Wednesday, PewterReport.com is reporting.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Crowell, 27, visited the Bucs on Mar. 9. He also visited Detroit and Buffalo, but ultimately settled on Tampa Bay, which appeared to have a void at linebacker after releasing 11-time Pro Bowler Derrick Brooks and Cato June before free agency began on Feb. 27.
The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Crowell is expected to compete for a starting job at outside linebacker. He joins a young group of outside linebackers that already consists of draft picks Geno Hayes, Quincy Black and Adam Hayward. In addition, Tampa Bay recently announced that safety Jermaine Phillips will compete at the weakside linebacker position.
PewterReport.com has learned that Crowell will compete with Black and Hayward for the starting strongside linebacker job in 2009.
Crowell originally entered the NFL in 2003 as a third-round draft pick. He spent five seasons in Buffalo, starting 41 games over the past three seasons. Crowell has struggled with injuries over the last two years, but he still has recorded seven career sacks and five interceptions.
In 2007, Crowell, who was a defensive captain, notched a career-high 140 tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and six passes defensed.
In 65 career games, Crowell has recorded 364 tackles and 41 special teams takedowns.